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Chris Caya WBFO News

Ciminelli Real Estate has agreed to be the City of Buffalo's "designated developer" for the 201 Ellicott Street project. The site, across from the Hotel Lafayette, has been a city-owned parking lot for decades.

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The Buffalo Public School District has created an all new Bennett High School. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to open the first Computing Academy of Technological Sciences at Bennett on Main Street.

Seven alleged heroin dealers arrested in Buffalo

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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Law enforcers representing several agencies report they've taken down more than a half dozen street-level heroin dealers, but say there are more arrests to come, and at other levels.

Buffalo Zoo

His name is...Tobias. The Buffalo Zoo announced the  official name of its nearly three-month-old male African lion cub.

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A well-known national artist will be visiting a Buffalo Public high school today.  Abstract artist Mark Bradford will be speaking to students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says students created art work in preparation for his visit. 

Town of Fort Erie

The roar of race car engines is still a couple years away. However, Fort Erie's mayor says some major announcements are expected very soon on the $300 million Canadian Motor Speedway project being developed.


The Rich Family Foundation has donated $250,000 to a new partnership with Cornell University. The goal is to further the development of a safe and sustainable global food supply, through research and education.

The New York State Senate has passed four bills that sponsors say are part of its ongoing commitment to address the  ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.

An injured hiker rescued from the Niagara Glen is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries today.

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Nearly 200 Shoreline Apartment tenants have been told they must be out by November. That's after years of Norstar Development telling them a new construction plan would allow them to move around and into new units.

Karen DeWitt

It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading,  during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.

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Many are anticipating a brand new direction on the Buffalo School Board when teacher-union backed candidates begin this July.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how a past reform agenda could end up 'off' the table. 


After helping create Open Government Boards in Amherst and in Williamsville - a local attorney is looking to form a larger regional group. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - Paul Wolf's resume includes working for Erie County and the City of Buffalo. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster announced the first ten projects of the 2016 road paving season on Monday, and revealed three projects that will soon seek bids from contractors.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO News

It's currently a satellite location within the Niagara Falls Public Library System. But the LaSalle Branch is proving to be a useful setting for makers of the film Marshall, and for more than just library space.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The future of one of Buffalo’s most commonly used highways may be getting some serious scrutiny. Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately begin an environmental review of downtown Buffalo’s Skyway.

US Coast Guard

As the weather warms, more are shoving off for adventures on the Great Lakes. "Unfortunately, people are just running out there to have fun without thinking first and that's the problem," said Lauren Laughlin, Petty Officer Second Class of the U.S. Coast Guard. Boating fatalities increased in 2015, many of which could have been avoided by employing basic safety measures.

Heritage Moments: Buffalo, the Fenian Invasion and the Making of Canada

May 23, 2016
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Depending on what side of the border you’re on, the story of the Fenian Invasion of June 1, 1866, is told differently. In Western New York it’s remembered as a brave fight for Irish independence against British oppression. On the Niagara Peninsula it’s a brave fight for self-defense against a surprise attack from a warlike America.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Another sure sign of the weather gradually turning from spring to summer is the 18th Parkside Tour of Homes in North Buffalo. It's a chance for the neighborhood to show off its varied housing on the edge of Delaware Park, with much of that housing surrounding the landmark Darwin Martin House on Jewett Parkway.

Sweet Home Central School District

A 911 call near the end of classes Monday prompted Sweet Home High School to go into lockdown for about an hour.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For the first time next month, Say Yes Buffalo will be hosting a 'College Kickoff' event.  It is designed for Buffalo Public high school and city charter school students graduating next month and attending a Say Yes college this fall. A two-day conference will offer advice on making the transition from high school to college. 


“Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala”, “One”...it can be difficult to choose your favorite Three Dog Night hit. Fortunately, you will be able to hear them all as the legendary music icons headline North Tonawanda's "Rockin' On The River" free concerts series beginning June 24.

Rich Wall, Buffalo Niagara Film Commission

A movie highlighting a court case early in the career of eventual U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall begins filming this week in Buffalo. And as one of the producers told WBFO in a one-on-one interview, additional stars have signed on for the project.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown today will receive a big promotion to a part-time position. With the backing of Governor Cuomo, he's slated to be elected chair of the State Democratic Committee during a party meeting in Saratoga.

Holiday weekend travel volume to hit 11-year high

May 23, 2016

If you're planning a trip over the long holiday weekend, you're in good company. More than 38 million Americans are expected to travel over the Memorial Day break, the holiday's second-highest travel volume on record.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Great Lakes could become a spawning ground for invasive species under a bill recently passed by the House. It would eliminate federal oversight of ballast water that some ships carry around the world.


On Sunday morning Mayor Byron Brown, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and others welcomed the crew for the movie "Marshall" to the City of Buffalo and Western New York.

A popular Niagara Falls, Ontario attraction reopened it's doors this weekend.


The identities of the two men who were shot -- one fatally -- at the Anchor Bar Friday night have been released.

A coalition of groups in New York is calling on state legislators to take action to keep lead out of school drinking water.